Director, Wealth & Insurance

Are you the kind of leader that can move from operational to strategic “mode” – and vice versa – quickly and confidently? Does the prospect of having a positive impact on the communities we serve in the Shuswap region align with your vision of building on an already successful career? If so, we have a lot to discuss.

We invite you to be part of a team where you can feel good about the work you do. At SASCU, we believe in fostering a supportive work environment that is the perfect blend of friendliness and professionalism. Add in a competitive compensation package and excellent benefits, along spectacular natural scenery, and it’s easy to see why we are an award-winning employer.

This is a uniquely interesting and challenging mandate for someone who enjoys switching from one business area to another – and can move with agility between our Wealth and Insurance lines of business. As the Director, Wealth & Insurance, you will provide leadership to SASCU’s subsidiaries, i.e., a multi-branch Insurance agency and a Wealth division – from recommending and implementing strategies and programs to grow the business, to ensuring that these areas achieve objectives, operate efficiently, and deliver on the SASCU Member Experience. Leveraging your senior management experience, you will also coach direct reports to achieve results, and implement SASCU’s sales and service strategy and tactics.

 

What you’ll do:

More specifically, as Director of Wealth & Insurance, you can expect to:

  • Proactively develop and present Wealth and Insurance strategies to the Vice President, Experience & Brand, that preserve and grow the lines of business, and work with the VP to determine sales targets and Key Accountability Areas for each division;
  • Manage and direct the overall operation of the Wealth division, and monitor Insurance branch activities, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures and standards;
  • Work with the Branch Managers, Insurance, to identify opportunities to introduce new products and services, make recommendations to maximize business growth, build employee engagement, develop plans, and take action to identify any gaps;
  • Work to identify, negotiate and acquire insurance company contracts, and monitor volume commitments;
  • Develop and recommend operational plans, budgets, and staffing levels to ensure that the needs of SASCU are met;
  • Take a strategic approach to analyzing data to identify opportunities and risks;
  • Champion service standards, providing coaching to ensure consistent behaviours and experiences, taking ownership of Member concerns, and resolving, or supporting staff in resolving, complex and/or difficult service situations;
  • Represent Wealth and Insurance within the business community, and work within SASCU to promote these lines of business to employees and Members;
  • Establish positive, productive relationships with external stakeholders in the industries represented by the subsidiaries, across trade associations, in government and regulatory bodies, and within the broader community to ensure successful operations;
  • Role model SASCU’s organizational values and leadership competencies, and ensure strong, open channels of communication and collaboration within the subsidiaries and across SASCU departments.

 

What you’ll bring:

As the qualified professional we seek for the key role of Director, Wealth & Insurance, you will have the following profile:

  • Post-secondary degree, preferably an MBA, and experience in progressively more complex roles in the Wealth or Insurance field, with 7 to 10 years’ combined industry/sales experience, most recently in a senior management role.
  • Completion of a Senior Financial Planning designation (CFP, CIM) or a minimum of a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB), Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP), or Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation, preferably with eligibility to act as Nominee.
  • Advanced knowledge of all insurance and wealth products, services, and regulatory requirements, including detailed understanding of revenue streams.
  • Ability to manage complexity, multiple tasks, and priorities for maximum personal and organizational success.
  • Completion of the Life Licence Qualification Program (LLQP), Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) designation, and Branch Compliance Officer Accreditation are assets.

 

A bit about SASCU:

SASCU Financial Group offers a broad range of personal and business financial services through SASCU Credit Union and its three lines of business: SASCU Insurance, SASCU Wealth, and Commercial banking. SASCU Credit Union branches are in Sicamous and Sorrento, plus two in Salmon Arm, and an insurance office in Enderby. Established in 1946, SASCU has more than 19,000 members, 150 staff, and over $900 million in assets. Learn more at www.sascu.com.

 

To apply:

This is an exceptional opportunity to take your career to the next level and be part of our exciting future at SASCU! If you are both community-minded and prepared to contribute to a successful and growing organization, please email a cover letter and résumé to hr@sascu.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to meet fidelity bonding requirements, including completion of references, a criminal record check, and credit check. Employment offers will be conditional on the candidate providing satisfactory proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject only to valid legal or medical exceptions, and complying with all pandemic/epidemic control measures affecting the workplace.

Wealth Advisor, Summerland Financial Services

Position Overview

Summerland Financial Services (SFS) Wealth Advisor plays an essential role in providing holistic financial advice and assistance to members and clients while strengthening SFS presence in the region.  Building trust and loyalty with each member interaction, the Wealth Advisor utilizes their expertise in the delivery of a financial solutions to enhance member’s overall financial well-being.  The Wealth Advisor has a positive and adaptable approach with strong relationship building and leadership skills that leads to successful and effective relationships both within the organization and externally with members and clients.

A key function of the role is to leverage relationships with credit union employees to contribute to and ensure an exceptional level of service for members as well as networking and enhancing the brand of SFS throughout the region as a respected leader of financial solutions.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, includes commissions, pension program and robust benefits packages.

Key Responsibilities

Sales & Service Leadership

Creating value; growing member relationships; learning and development

  • Working with the leadership team of Wealth Strategies Inc, adopt, implement and maintain the best practices from the “playbook”. Work with Wealth Strategies (CUSO Wealth) to ensure ongoing personal/professional development.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with existing and potential Clients, SCU management and staff and colleagues that are part of the CUSO Wealth network of wealth management professionals
  • Engage with internal / external partners and networks to identify business opportunities and best practices
  • Understand, uncover and meet the needs of members/clients by delivering customized financial solutions which includes a full suite of investment and life insurance products
  • Proactively contact members to retain existing business and to identify new opportunities
  • Contact Clients and potential Clients to arrange appointments, carry out financial needs analyses and updates of same, review existing portfolio and make recommendations
  • Serve, inform and educate Clients with respect to their financial goals and opportunities through the provision of ongoing financial services, KYC annual reviews and other applicable compliance-mandated processes, and/or other Client contact processes
  • Monitor and deliver exceptional performance with agreed upon goals including effective cross referrals to ensure member’s/clients’ needs are fully met.

Member & Community Experience

Building member loyalty; staying informed; building community connections

  • Build member loyalty and trust by exercising sound judgement and thoughtful consideration in delivering exceptional member experience
  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to our enterprise wide Vision, Mission and Values
  • Cultivate new opportunities and enhance long term relationships that contribute to a positive member experience
  • Enhance own profile and professional image in the community by participating in community events, associations and/or partnerships

Employee Experience

Engagement; teamwork; leadership; learning; commitment; accountability

  • Maintain and expand technical knowledge of financial products, systems, and
  • Promote teamwork and cooperation as a peer leader; act as a mentor and role model to share knowledge and skills to assist and support talent development
  • Support staff and encourage collaboration to accomplish common goals
  • Attend industry related product shows industry related courses (as directed by the Employer and as required by applicable governing bodies under continuing education credits)
  • Recognize and celebrate team successes; encourage teamwork and collaboration

Risk Management

Member confidence; risk/loss mitigation

  • Ensure all documentation pertaining to investments and accounts is prepared and/or executed in accordance with established policies, procedures and relevant legislation
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk management knowledge and ensure adherence to all legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Maintain up to date and complete Client files with documentation in hardcopy and/or electronic form as
  • Electronic files are maintained utilizing approved contact management software, approved Client relationship management software and any other required and approved software
  • Display confidence and exercise sound judgement in decision making
  • Take necessary action on issues or concerns arising from internal / external reviews and audits

Skills & Attributes

  • Passion for delivering exceptional member/client service and dedicated to building strong relationships and connections in the community
  • Committed to professional growth and development. Responsible for ensuring skills and knowledge are up to date to meet industry and position requirements
  • Instills confidence and trust of others through thoughtful, clear and open communication
  • Delivers strong business development and advisory services skills
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and a willingness to tackle new challenges
  • Displays strong awareness of the financial service industry, keeps abreast of the changing environment and understands the components for organizational success
  • Acts as a trusted advisor to members/clients, ensuring their financial well-being is top priority
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail and accuracy in completing work and providing information
  • Takes a proactive and respectful approach in addressing problems, issues or conflict with a positive view to reaching new and better solutions
  • Commitment to life-long learning
  • Organizes work and assignment of tasks to maximize efficiency, clearly communicates expectations, roles and responsibilities

Experience & Education

  • minimum of five years’ experience in providing financial advice to clients in the areas of financial planning, investment, risk assessment and insurance options
  • CFP designation, life insurance and mutual fund licenses required
  • Combined experience and post-secondary education in the areas that are directly related to industry will be considered.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants can submit cover letter and resume to careers@sdcu.com. Please visit our website at www.sdcu.com/careers for the complete role description.

Financial Specialist

Prairie Centre Credit Union, Saskatchewan’s largest rural-based credit union, currently has a permanent full-time Financial Specialist opportunity available. The successful candidate will be a proactive, self-motivated individual who will provide exceptional service to our members within the region consisting of the Beechy and Dinsmore branches. Reporting to the Manager Financial Specialists, the Financial Specialist will have a strong aptitude for relationship-building and will deliver expert advice to both current and prospective members to assist them in meeting their financial objectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Build value-based relationships with colleagues and members
  • Provide solutions that support the financial wellbeing of members, through the delivery of deposit, investment, and loan products, including specializing in the function of investment planning
  • Promote, sell, and manage the mutual fund and term deposit book of business for the region, and ensure that growth targets are achieved
  • Collaborate with the regional team to develop creative and innovative approaches to achieving results
  • Develop and implement business development, growth, and community engagement strategies

Qualifications:

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designation, or willingness to obtain
  • Mutual Fund License including Labour Sponsored Funds, or willingness to obtain
  • Industry experience preferred, with a demonstrated ability to gather assets
  • Sales-oriented background with a strong understanding of the sales process and business development

Prairie Centre Credit Union provides employees with the opportunity for personal and professional growth within an environment that promotes continuous learning. We offer a competitive compensation package, excellent employee benefits, and a matched superannuation plan.

For additional information on this opportunity, please contact Tammy Pregizer Legge, Manager Financial Specialists, at 306-882-5588. To apply, please submit an electronic copy of your cover letter and resume on or before April 19, 2021 to: careers@pccu.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted.

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